"Lord Jesus Christ, With Us Abide"
                       by Nikolaus Selnecker, 1532-1592
                            Translated by composite
                                  Text From:
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)

        1. Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide,
        For round us falls the eventide;
        Nor let Thy Word, that heavenly light,
        For us be ever veiled in night.

        2. In these last days of sore distress
        Grant us, dear Lord, true steadfastness
        That pure we keep, till life is spent,
        Thy holy Word and Sacrament.

        3. Lord Jesus, help, Thy Church uphold,
        For we are sluggish, thoughtless, cold.
        Oh, prosper well Thy Word of grace
        And spread its truth in every place!

        4. Oh, keep us in Thy Word, we pray;
        The guile and rage of Satan stay!
        Oh, may Thy mercy never cease!
        Give concord, patience, courage, peace.

        5. O God, how sin's dread works abound!
        Throughout the earth no rest is found,
        And falsehood's spirit wide has spread,
        And error boldly rears its head.

        6. The haughty spirits, Lord, restrain
        Who o'er Thy Church with might would reign
        And always set forth something new,
        Devised to change Thy doctrine true.

        7. And since the cause and glory, Lord,
        Are Thine, not ours, to us afford
        Thy help and strength and constancy.
        With all our heart we trust in Thee.

        8. A trusty weapon is Thy Word,
        Thy Church's buckler, shield and sword.
        Oh, let us in its power confide
        That we may seek no other guide!

        9. Oh, grant that in Thy holy Word
        We here may live and die, dear Lord;
        And when our journey endeth here,
        Receive us into glory there.

Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Hymn #292 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Luke 24:29 Author: Nikolaus Selnecker et al., 1611 Translated by: composite Titled: "Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ" Tune: "Ach bleib bei uns" 1st Published in: _Geistliche Lieder_ Town: Leipzig,1589
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